Consumer Reports Highest-Ranked Pickup Truck Is Front-Wheel Drive

It’s been a while since a 2-wheel-drive pickup truck was front and center. The most popular pickup trucks are almost always 4WD or AWD. Back in the day, 4×4 trucks were far less common. If you look at trucks from the 50s-80s, 4×4 models will be a rarity and cost far more money. The 2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid is the No. 1 truck on Consumer Reports and only comes in front-wheel drive. 

Front angle view of blue 2023 Ford Maverick, showing how no new American cars cost under $20,000 in 2023
2023 Ford Maverick | Ford

Does the 2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid have AWD? 

The 2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid only comes in front-wheel drive. There is currently no option for 4×4 or AWD on hybrid pickup trucks. What’s funny is not only does the Maverick hybrid only come with 2WD, but it’s front-wheel drive. This is not common for trucks. Front-wheel drive is mostly reserved for sedans and some vans. 

While this lack of AWD will likely deter some truck buyers, it does have its benefits. 

Are 2WD pickup trucks good? 

2023 Ford Maverick
2023 Ford Maverick | Ford

Believe it or not, 2WD pickup trucks have some benefits over their AWD and 4WD brethren. For starters, 2WD pickup trucks are far better on gas. Not having AWD or 4WD not only makes the trucks lighter weight but also there is less drag because of the lack of front differential. We see this benefit clearly in the Maverick Hybrid, which gets a combined 37 mpg. Its AWD, non-hybrid, turbocharged counterpart only gets 23 mpg. 

Not only are these trucks cheaper to drive, but they are also cheaper to buy. The reason you see so many 2WD pickup trucks during the ‘50s-’70s is because the car market was a bit more expansive back then, and truly base models were more common. If you wanted a 1973 Ford F-150, for instance, but you didn’t need a 4×4 and needed to save some bread, you could buy a 2WD, single cab with a manual transmission. This proper base-level truck is hard to come by these days. There are still some stripped Chevrolet and Ford fleet trucks, but these are not overly common outside of occupational vehicles. 

How much does the 2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid cost? 

Consumer Reports says the price range for the Maverick Hybrid is $22,195 – $27,955. Given today’s market, this ain’t half bad, especially when you consider the hybrid powertrain. Typically, hybrid powertrains make a model more expensive. For the Mavericks, the Hybrid is the base model. 

You can step up in the price range if you want AWD and more pep from the turbocharged Maverick. However, CR recommends the cheaper hybrid truck above any other pickup truck for 2023. It even beat the long-time favorite Honda Ridgeline. That is saying something. 

Although many buyers might scoff at buying a 2WD pickup truck, they might be work considering, says Consumer Reports.